The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings. Winston S. Churchill.
The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings
The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings
The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings
The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings

The World Crisis, full set of six British first edition, first printings

London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1923. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. This is a full British first edition, first printing set of Winston Churchill’s history of the First World War. Churchill played a critical, controversial, and varied role in the First World War and his remarkable experience underpins his epic, six-volume history of the conflict, published between 1923 and 1931. With its larger volumes and shoulder notes summarizing the subject of each page, many consider the British edition aesthetically superior to the American. Unfortunately, the smooth navy cloth of the British first editions proved quite susceptible to wear, the contents prone to spotting and toning. Full, six-volume British first edition sets can be challenging to assemble. Complicating such efforts for collectors, the final volume, The Eastern Front, was produced in smaller numbers, making it challenging to fill complete sets. The six volumes of this first printing set vary from good minus to very good condition, all volumes sound and complete, but showing age, wear, and endemic flaws. Previous ownership marks include a tiny London bookseller sticker affixed to the lower 1915 front pastedown and a penciled owner name and “3.1.24” date on the facing front free endpaper recto, “Times Book Club” stickers on the 1916-1918 P.1 & II rear pastedowns with some pencil notation on the P.I rear pastedown, a mostly removed sticker on The Aftermath rear pastedown with only a fraction of an address remaining, and an inked “Xmas. 1931.” gift inscription on the front free endpaper of The Eastern Front. All six navy cloth bindings are sound, though with varying degrees of scuffing and wear to hinges and extremities ranging from heavier to the 1911-1914 volume to very light to The Eastern Front, which has a particularly bright binding. The Eastern Front is not only bright, but complete, with all illustrations, maps, and diagrams intact, including the color, folding map at p.368. The binding of The Aftermath proved prone to unsightly blistering of the cloth; this copy is no exception, with some blistering adjacent to the upper front hinge and upper fore edge. Spotting within the set is substantially confined to prelims and page edges, some of which also show age-toning. Churchill was in a special position to write the history of the First World War, which nearly cost him both his political career and his corporeal life. First Lord of the Admiralty from 1911 until 1915, after the Dardanelles disaster, Churchill was scapegoated and forced to resign. He spent political exile as a lieutenant colonel of a battalion in the trenches. Before war's end, Churchill was exonerated and rejoined the Government, foreshadowing the political isolation and restoration he would experience nearly two decades later leading up to the Second World War. Despite Churchill's political recovery, the stigma of the Dardanelles would linger. Hence Churchill had more than just literary and financial compulsion to write his history. Churchill titled his history The World Crisis, which was originally published in six volumes between 1923 and 1931. Frederick Woods wrote: "The volumes contain some of Churchill's finest writing, weaving the many threads together with majestic ease, describing the massive battles in terms which fitly combine relish of the literary challenge with an awareness of the sombre tragedy of the events." Bibliographic reference: A69.2(I).b, A69.2(II).a, A69.2(III-1&2).a, A69.2(IV).b, A69.2(V).a; Woods/ICS A31(ab); Langworth p.105. Item #005069

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